Australian Open: Lucas Pouille stuns Milos Raonic to reach maiden semis

first_imgLucas Pouille has reached the Australian Open semi-finals for the first time with a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-4 win over 16th-seeded Milos Raonic, a major reversal of form at Melbourne Park after losing in the first round here in the previous five years.Pouille entered the quarter-final 0-3 against Raonic in career meetings – including a first-rounder here in 2016 – but targeted the 2016 Wimbledon finalist’s second serve and was only broken once himself in the match.The No. 28-seeded Pouille had break points in the seventh and ninth games of the third set but Raonic saved and, after an outburst against the chair umpire in the 12th game, dominated the tiebreaker.The moment of his tennis lifetimeTake a bow, @la_pouille! #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/mreC42vqNG#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 23, 2019The fourth set was on serve until Pouille, who is coached by former Australian Open women’s champion Amelie Mauresmo, broke in the last game.Well fought @milosraonic.See you soon #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/bQL1phNFMs#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 23, 2019It’s a rare instance of a woman coaching a man in professional tennis. Mauresmo – who reached No. 1 in the WTA rankings and won two major titles as a player – already had worked with Andy Murray.”She knows everything about tennis. It’s not about being a woman or a man. It doesn’t matter,” Pouille said when he was asked about Mauresmo during an on-court interview.”She knows everything about tennis. It’s not about being a woman or a man.”- @la_pouille on new coach @AmeMauresmo #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/AhbhZuVIH2advertisement#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 23, 2019″You just have to know what you’re doing,” Pouille said. “And she does.”The French connection @la_pouille has been playing out of his mind with new coach @AmeMauresmo.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/iln27GDI8B#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 23, 2019Mauresmo, who retired as a player in 2009, was set to be France’s Davis Cup captain until she stepped away from that job in December to join Pouille.The great John McEnroe wearing his hat backwards in honour of @la_pouille #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/I0xRwaaMWO#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 23, 2019last_img read more

Wenger compares Arsenal fan unrest to Brexit

first_imgArsenal ‘Where do we go from here?’ – Wenger compares Arsenal fan unrest to Brexit Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 18:00 10/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Wenger - cropped Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Swansea City Premier League The Frenchman warned Gunners fans that new ownership could be a step into the unknown, calling for trust in the current leadership Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that fan unrest with the direction of the club is similar to the sentiments that led to the UK voting to leave the European Union.Gunners fans revolted at the club’s annual general meeting on Thursday, the majority of supporters present voting against chairman Sir Chips Keswick and Josh Kroenke – the son of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke – being re-elected to the Arsenal board.Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov, who was absent and voted by proxy, cast their ballots in favour of both remaining, meaning Keswick and Kroenke Jr were retained on account of a combined 97 per cent shareholding. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Swansea +2 11/8 at ArsenalThe meeting was ultimately cut short as the board members present were jeered, but Wenger has called on fans to trust their leadership – warning against heading into the unknown with new ownership and drawing parallels with Brexit, with Theresa May’s government locked in negotiations with the EU and other partners. Here is the final five minutes of the #ArsenalAGM as chairman Sir Chips Keswick refused to answer a question about the recomposition of the board https://t.co/0vbZhy6ejY— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) October 26, 2017″The club is first about values, and in the modern game we lose a little bit the perspective of what is important and what is not,” Wenger explained.”It is always here and now and forever, and the now is permanent, the judgement is permanent and forever – but it is in society as well. You have the same example with Brexit – it’s just here now, but where do we go from there? Nobody really knows. Maybe it is good, maybe it is bad. I don’t know.Arsene Wenger Out Banner 2017“But nobody has explained what will happen in the future if we do that. So what I think about the club that has been created is first about values. I know that nobody cares anymore.”Somebody said 500 years ago the target was to be a saint for people. Fifty years ago a hero in war. Today a billionaire, even more celebrity. That is instant and here now. But it has to be sustained by something.”What I liked when I came to England, the weight of the past was there and you could feel it was important.”The evolution of the modern society, the weight of the present has become predominant to the past and the future and no matter if it is a football club, you need to get that balance right.”last_img read more

‘A gift from God’: unbeaten Triple Crown winner Justify will retire due to ankle

first_imgBelmont Stakes His rousing triumph in the Belmont completed what’s been called the most difficult feat in American sports: winning three races at three different distances in three different states over a five-week span, placing himself in the storied class of equine athletes to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont alongside Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978) and American Pharoah (2015). Read more The three-year-old son of Scat Daddy and Stage Magic, who is collectively owned by China Horse Club, WinStar Farm, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners, didn’t compete in a race until the third week of February, but won every start of his compressed career, a total of six in 111 days with five of them going two turns, and became the second unbeaten horse to win the Triple Crown after the great Seattle Slew – and the only one of the entire lot to have not raced as a two-year-old.Less than three months after winning his debut at Santa Anita, Justify became the first horse since 1882 to win the Kentucky Derby without having raced as a juvenile, then hung on in a surreal, enveloping fog to prevail by a half-length in the Preakness. After laboring to capture the first two jewels of the Triple Crown on sloppy courses, he led from wire to wire in the Belmont Stakes on a track rated fast and was never seriously challenged in completing a rare sweep of America’s three most famous races. Support The Guardian Share via Email Horse racing Share on Twitter Read more Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Kentucky Derby Twitter Since you’re here… Justify reigns supreme in Belmont to become 13th Triple Crown winner Justify, who was purchased for for $500,000 at Keeneland’s September yearling sale in 2016, amassed earnings of $3,798,000 in his career, though his breeding rights were reported to be worth a record $75m following his Triple Crown victory, ensuring a tidy return on investment for the complex ownership group behind him.Mike Smith, who rode Justify for all but his first start and at 52 became the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown, called the horse “a gift from God”.“Like everyone else, I am disappointed he won’t run again, but I am thankful he came into my life,” Smith said. “There was never a time when I rode him that I felt like I was going to get beat. There was no horse who could run with him without sacrificing themselves, and there was no horse who could come get him.” US sports “He is an incredible horse and we are very disappointed he can’t run again,” WinStar owner Kenny Troutt said. “All things happen for a reason, and we are blessed to have raced him to be the 13th Triple Crown winner in history.”While the strapping colt with the white blaze running from his eyes to the tip of his nose is the lone Triple Crown winner to retire unbeaten, none of the others’ careers were nearly as abbreviated. Only American Pharoah, who made 11 starts winning all but two, was even in the neighborhood Justify’s six.WinStar’s chief executive Elliott Walden said Justify’s connections had been targeting a career swansong at the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but his recovery from the swollen ankle that had ruled out potential starts in the Haskell and the Travers was not moving along satisfactorily enough to schedule a prep race.“The timing is bad for another start in 2018, and therefore, we have to retire him,” Walden said. “Like American Pharoah, we can’t take the risk of running Justify as a four-year-old. We all wanted him to finish his career in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but it was not meant to be. As has been reported, there is a possible sale to (Coolmore Stud) in place, but that won’t be finalized until a later date. We are excited to share him with our fans starting the middle of August after he gets acclimated.” Justify, the hulking chestnut colt who last month became the 13th horse to win thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown and only the second in four decades, will not race again due to an ankle filling and will retire undefeated, marking the end of a brief but scintillating career. “Justify had some filling in his ankle, and he is just not responding quick enough for a fall campaign,” trainer Bob Baffert said in a release issued Wednesday. “We all wanted to see Justify run again, but ultimately it is my responsibility to make sure he is perfect. Without 60-90 days, I can’t be definite.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Justify reigned supreme at the Belmont to capture the Triple Crown. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Preakness Stakes Pinterest Facebook Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks.last_img read more

Touch Football Blossoming in Japan

first_imgTouch Football Australia has continued to build on the partnership with Japan Touch Association (JTA) with a number of key activities taking place in early part of 2017. Thanks to the support of the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF), TFA assisted JTA to deliver a participation clinic to an all girls school in Chiba where close to 100 girls aged 12 to 18 took part in a development clinic run by Australian Women’s Open player and BLK Ambassador, Danielle Davis. In addition to the Chiba clinic, the TFA delegation worked with the JTA to develop a plan which is giving the two organisations particular focus over the next year.To capitalise on the February 2017 visit to Japan, TFA and JTA used the tour to deepen the level of engagement with the Australian Government by providing an overview of the project to Australian Embassy and AJF staff. The next phase of the program TFA will send a delegation to Osaka where participants are already excited by the prospect of a high profile Australian player or coach visiting to share their knowledge.TFA is proud of the flagship partnership with JTA and is using it as a foundation to support the ongoing development of the sport internationally. With the support of the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Asian Sport Partnerships program, TFA will be delivering programs into China throughout March, April and May of 2017 where girls’ participation programs will once again take centre stage.Related LinksTouch blossoms in Japanlast_img read more

Notre Dame Fans Done With DC Brian VanGorder After Loss To Texas

first_imgSomeone created a meme with Notre Dame's offensive coordinator and Drake's mixtape.Twitter/@Aus_HickmanBrian VanGorder has received mixed reviews during his tenure at Notre Dame, and yesterday’s loss to Texas was a major step in the wrong direction for the embattled defensive coordinator.Notre Dame’s defense struggled all night with Texas’ two-quarterback system, which saw true freshman Shane Buechele stretch the field in impressive ways, and Tyrone Swoopes regularly bulldoze through multiple Irish tacklers. Notre Dame gave up 50 points and 517 yards to the Longhorns new offense, which is led by Art Briles disciple and former Tulsa coordinator Sterlin Gilbert.After the game, Notre Dame fans were not happy with the effort, and VanGorder received a lot of the blame.Watched ND game again, they still lose. VanGorder fired yet? #VanGorderistheworst— Dun (@c_donlevy) September 5, 2016Today two doctors have asked me why the hell that VanGorder guy has a job a Notre Dame.— Stoneheart (@Candice4ND) September 5, 2016A good (bad?) time to remind ND fans Brian VanGorder makes $1M a year.— George Dohrmann (@georgedohrmann) September 5, 2016Brian VanGorder exists only to remind me that none of are perfect, and some of us are in fact totally inept at our jobs.— Christopher Crawford (@CVCrawfordBP) September 5, 2016Do Notre Dame a favor Brian VanGorder and resign… It’s so deflating seeing team after team light up the score board. #Irish #FireVanGorder— Lincoln (@lincolnhoward) September 5, 2016Vangorder and Brian Kelly should resign they truly embarrassed the program and the school tonight. @NDFootball @NotreDame— Billy o’Ryan (@BillyoRyan) September 5, 2016That was the worst #NotreDame defense I’ve ever seen. VanGorder needs to do his job. #NDvsTex— Samantha Rupert (@AtlanticAloha) September 5, 2016VanGorder’s signal calling vs. Texas #NDvsTex pic.twitter.com/q44KMwfmFt— Austin Hickman (@Aus_Hickman) September 5, 2016Goodnight, Tito’s. Goodnight, fast food receipt orders. Goodnight, Scotch and Brian VanGorder. Goodnight, Yoon. Goodnight, moon.— Bayou (@HLS_BayouIrish) September 5, 2016No chance VanGorder makes it through the season. He should be fired tonight. Don’t even let him on the plane— Brian Mann (@bmann_2017) September 5, 2016Criticism of Brian VanGorder was abound in the media reaction to the game as well. ND Insider’s Al Lesar blames the defense for “spoiling” a spectacular performance by DeShone Kizer.Before the game began, it appeared the guy following Longhorn mascot Bevo with a shovel had the worst job in the stadium.By halftime, it seemed more like that honor belonged to Brian VanGorder.Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator needed more than a shovel to clean up the problems the Irish had.[…]Kizer did everything he could do to firmly establish himself as No. 1 heading into next week’s home opener against Nevada. If he’s not, start the investigation.The real probe, though, should be with the defense.There was a sense it was going to be a struggle.But …? The Observer‘s Alex Carson was at a loss for how a defense with so much talent could perform so poorly.A year ago, defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder’s defense wasn’t particularly good. It straight-up cost Notre Dame the game at Stanford, and if it had shown up during the first quarter against Clemson, the Irish maybe would’ve won that game, too.Of course, that defense had the best player in college football on it, Jaylon Smith. And it never really worked.Why did I think the Irish defense was going to be anything better this year?[…]VanGorder’s now starting his fourth year here, and it’s been a tenure chock-full of regression. A 2012-level defense shouldn’t be the expectation, no, but with the raw talent Notre Dame has on the field, there’s no excuse for giving up 37 regulation points to Texas. None at all.Notre Dame entered the year with national championship aspirations, and as we’ve seen with Ohio State and Alabama, September losses do not preclude a team from taking home the title.However, the Irish may be at a disadvantage in that it will not have a conference championship to add to its resume, while a number of other playoff contenders may have that shot.That may all be for naught, though, if Brian VanGorder’s defense does not improve from the first week performance.Notre Dame has Michigan State, Christian McCaffrey’s Stanford, Brad Kaaya and Miami, and a talented USC squad left on the schedule. Kizer and company are good, but they may not be able to score 47 every week.last_img read more

Georgia Great On How Fields Transfer Will Impact Jake Fromm

first_imgJake Fromm throwing a pass.NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws a pass against the Texas Longhorns during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Georgia enters the 2019 season as a likely preseason top three team. Quarterback Jake Fromm is the unquestioned leader of the Bulldogs in his third season as a starter.With Justin Fields’ offseason transfer to Ohio State, Fromm doesn’t need to worry about his backup stealing snaps or even his job. Former Georgia great David Pollack thinks both players will benefit from the current situation.Pollack told DawgNation that he expects even bigger things from Fromm now that he doesn’t have Fields lurking behind him on the depth chart.“I think that will be a big benefit to Fromm,” Pollack said. “I think he’ll pick up where he left off, hot in the SEC Championship Game.”Additionally, Pollack feels Ohio State’s RPO-based offense is “tailor-made” to Fields’ skill set. The former five-star recruit could thrive in Columbus.“When it clicks for Justin Fields upstairs, and when he gets it up there, it’s gonna be something, and it might be Ohio State is a better fit for him offensively,” Pollack said.“Less reads, more running, so when it settles down in his head, Justin Fields is going to be an animal.”Last season, Fromm threw for 2,761 yards, 30 touchdowns and only six interceptions while completing 67.4 percent of his passes. In the final three games of the year, which including the SEC Championship against Alabama and the Sugar Bowl loss to Texas, he passed for 700 yards, 10 touchdowns and only one INT.With a strong season in 2019, Fromm could position himself as one of the first quarterbacks taken in the 2020 NFL Draft, should he enter as an underclassman.Fields showed some of his immense talents in a backup role for the Bulldogs, but was searching for more playing time when he elected to transfer. As he matures physically and mentally as a quarterback, the sky is the limit.last_img read more

Tall Ship Unicorns Sisters Under Sail

first_imgTall Ship Unicorn joins the Tall Ships Festival 2007 fleet with innovative programs and sail training opportunities for young women. The Unicorn operates the Sisters Under Sail leadership development program for teenage girls through sail training. Its mission is to build confidence, enhance self-esteem, develop social conscience and teach the value of women working together towards a common goal. The ship’s co-owner and CEO, Dawn Santamaria, feels it is a unique and effective way to intervene and chart a new course for young women. “Nova Scotia has a great sail training community and people are as interested in our program as they are in the ship which makes it a tremendous visit for us in terms of recruiting and awareness.” said Mrs. Santamaria. Self-Fulfillment, Education and Achievement through Sail Training and Responsibility (SEASTAR) is a Nova Scotia based, non-profit charitable society committed to the advancement of young people through the development of life skills and experience aboard tall ships. “Sail training and leadership development are integral aspects of our sail training program with the Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival, the Unicorn embodies both,” said Sheila Brown, chair of SEASTAR. The ship, Unicorn, has indeed come along way since it was built in 1947 under the name Deo Volente and was tasked with trawling the North Atlantic’s fishing grounds for 32 years. When its fishing days were over, it was acquired by a Dutch skipper and his wife, and by 1979 it had been converted into a sailing ship and renamed Eenhorn or one horn, Dutch for Unicorn. In 1986, Eenhorn was sold to Morris Henson, brother to Muppeteer Jim Henson. Mr. Henson registered the vessel under the British flag and sailed it out of the West Indies, Caribbean and Spanish coast as a charter vessel and treasure seeker. The Unicorn, an American and Canadian certified training ship, sailed under the name True North for most of the ’90s. In the fall of 1999, it was acquired by current owners, Dawn and Jonathan Santamaria of New Jersey. In December 2003, the schooner was rechristened with its original name, Unicorn. In 2005, Unicorn was granted a waiver to become a United States registered vessel, and has set sail with a new course — an innovative leadership program for young women. The full fleet of confirmed Tall Ships, out ports and the event program for the Halifax waterfront will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 25.last_img read more

ExMexican president Fox to PM Trudeau Dont be Judas and betray us

first_imgMEXICO CITY – A former Mexican president has a warning for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: Don’t abandon our country in NAFTA talks like some modern-day ”Judas.”Vicente Fox warns that would be a mistake.Fox told CTV News that it wouldn’t do any good if Canada ditched Mexico in pursuit of a one-on-one trade deal with the U.S., in the misguided belief President Donald Trump would go easier on Canada.Fox made his case using a biblical metaphor — urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not to behave like the apostle who sold out Jesus Christ.”He might, like Judas, give us a strike and go with the United States and leave us aside,” Fox told the network, in an interview airing Sunday night.”I warn Trudeau, and I warn Canada, you will not make it (better without Mexico).”The Canadian government has repeatedly said it’s committed to working trilaterally to renew NAFTA as a three-country agreement. However, the Canadians have also raised eyebrows in Mexico by occasionally making more ambiguous comments: some Canadian officials have at times suggested they’re open to both bilateral or trilateral deals.Trump says he could do one or the other.Former prime minister Stephen Harper, in a memo earlier this year to associates that was obtained by The Canadian Press, appeared to favour the one-on-one approach. Harper suggested Trump had few trade complaints about Canada, and he said some Americans found it mystifying that the Canadian government remains so attached to a trilateral deal with Mexico.Proponents of the three-country approach say it makes sense for several reasons: the continent has integrated supply chains for products like autos, some of the strongest defenders of trade in U.S. politics are from southern Mexican border states, and, they say, there’s no guarantee anyway that Trump would go soft in a separate negotiation with Canada.In the CTV interview, Fox also did what he has done repeatedly over the last two years: Blast Trump. Using a few four-letter profanities, the former Mexican president called Trump a destroyer, pitting America against the world.Canadian officials were puzzled by the Judas comment. They pointed out that there’s been no move whatsoever to isolate Mexico.“We are committed to modernizing NAFTA as a strong trilateral agreement that is a win-win-win for all three countries,” said Alex Lawrence, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.”Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexican President Pena Nieto spoke about the strength of our relationship and our shared goals as recently as last week in Vietnam, as well as during the Prime Minister’s visit to Mexico City last month.”last_img read more

RBC hit with service disruptions a day after TD investment platform goes

first_imgTORONTO – The Royal Bank of Canada is working to fix its online banking and web brokerage platforms after users complained of sporadic service.“Some clients are experiencing delays when attempting to log on to our Online Banking and RBC Direct Investing platforms due to heavy trading volumes,” said RBC spokesman AJ Goodman in an email.“We regret any inconvenience this may cause clients and appreciate their patience as we diligently work to resolve them,” he said, adding the bank is asking clients continue to try to log in to their accounts because the issues are intermittent.The company’s verified customer support Twitter account has been responding to customer complaints since early Wednesday morning. Twitter users have complained about trouble using the wallet application, logging into online banking and accessing RBC Direct Investing.The website CanadianOutages.com showed a jump in reports about problems with RBC Wednesday morning, reaching more than 400 complaints recently.The Wolf, a Twitter user with the handle @ofBayStreet based in Toronto, said in a direct message they were unable to access their RBC Direct Investing account where their investments are held initially. After multiple attempts, the log in worked, but they couldn’t modify orders for stocks.The person estimates they lost out on about $400-$600 in potential gains.RBC’s issues come a day after TD’s WebBroker website experienced a system issue that affected some clients’ ability to log into or use the site.A spokesman for TD said the bank planned to make capacity upgrades to WebBroker Tuesday night to help solve intermittent delays some clients experienced.last_img read more

Recent crisis in Anbar most serious challenge to statebuilding in Iraq –

Nickolay Mladenov, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), said in his briefing to the 15-member body that since the crisis began in late December, the Council of Representatives has witnessed boycotts by three of its largest blocs. This has resulted in the inability of the Council of Representatives – Iraq’s legislature – to secure a quorum for the majority of its sessions. It has also brought the entire legislative process to a halt during this critical time ahead of national elections scheduled for 30 April, he noted.It is from Anbar, which has suffered months of attacks by the attacks being carried out by Al-Qaida-linked militants, that “the most serious threat to the security of the country stems,” said Mr. Mladenov, a Bulgarian national who was appointed to head UNAMI last August. It is also beginning to affect other parts of the country. “The country’s security is strained by well-armed and well-trained terrorist groups with access to substantial financial resources. Their goal is clear – establish a permanent foothold beyond the control of the authorities and consolidate a base for the expansion of their operations. They exploit divisions and weaknesses in Iraqi society and want to ultimately make the country ungovernable.”The UN is also closely following all attempts to broker a peaceful solution to the Anbar crisis, said the envoy, who has engaged in intensive meetings with leaders from across the spectrum of Iraqi politics. “In all meetings I have stressed that while the United Nations will support Iraq’s fight against terrorism, the challenges facing the people of Iraq cannot be resolved without dialogue, and concessions,” he stated.“While a security response is necessary to tackle the threat of armed groups and terrorists, a range of strategies are needed to successfully address the conditions that enable terrorist activity,” Mr. Mladenov stated. “The protection and advancement of human rights, equality before the law and the inclusion of those who feel marginalised will become central in any political resolution in the future.”He reported that amidst the crisis, the UN’s primary concern has been to provide life-saving assistance to those displaced by the fighting – over 66,000 families, many of whom remain trapped in areas of active conflict. “The intensity and nature of the fighting is significantly constraining regular access by the UN and other humanitarian actors to those affected,” the envoy said. “Despite these difficult circumstances, the UN is delivering assistance where it can and has recently accessed areas that were previously unreachable.”At the same time, Mr. Mladenov stressed that without securing additional funding, the UN will very soon be unable to continue its humanitarian assistance to those fleeing the fighting in Anbar. As for the upcoming polls, which will be Iraq’s third national election under the 2005 Constitution, he said that it is likely to be the country’s most contested race to date. On the same day, voters in the Kurdistan Region will also choose their governorate council representatives.“We are confident that from a technical perspective the two elections can take place on time,” he stated, noting that technical preparations are on track, including the distribution so far of 75 per cent of the new electronic voter registration cards, and that security arrangements are also expected to be in place. Mr. Mladenov, who was presenting the Secretary-General’s latest report on the activities of UNAMI and the most recent developments in the country, also reiterated that Iraq’s future cannot be considered in isolation from the broader challenges that the region is facing. “As divisions continue to plague Iraqi politics, the ongoing conflict in Syria has added a regional dimension to sectarian tensions and is affording terrorist networks the occasion to forge links across the border and extend their support base.“The situation is further compounded by unresolved constitutional issues that constantly bring to the fore the existing tensions between Iraq’s communities. All this makes for a fragile and explosive combination.” Established in 2003, UNAMI is mandated to advise and assist the Government and people of Iraq on a number of fronts including advancing political dialogue and national reconciliation, assisting in the electoral process, facilitating regional dialogue between Iraq and its neighbours, and promoting the protection of human rights and judicial and legal reform. read more

It Wasnt Easy But US Men Bring Home Hoops

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James: Gold medalistsIt was not supposed to be like this. Kobe Bryant and LeBron James said Team USA could beat the 1992 Dream Team of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, et al.But could they beat Spain in Sunday’s gold medal game in the London Olympics?Turns out, they could, but only after a late-game finish – keyed by tough defense and  – that pushed the United States to a too-close-for-comfort 107-100 victory.It was hardly resounding, but it was good enough – for the gold and to squash discussions about comparing it to the ’92 team that crushed opponents by an average of 43 points a game.In the scheme of things, it was only about the mission: winning gold. And the U.S. did that. How uptight and relieved were the Americans? When Chris Paul scored a layup in the final minute to put the United States up by 13 points, coach Mike Krzyzewski jumped as if his team had won the national championship.Players, one-by-one hugged each other in exaltation in the waining seconds, their mission completely, if not dominant.They had to overcome a strong effort by Spain’s Pau Gasol, who had 15 of his 24 points in the third quarter. The Los Angeles Laker took advantage of the Americans’ smallish interior defense.When Bryant scored on a bank shot off an offensive rebound with 4:25 left, the U.S. built a 97-87 lead. But Bryant and Carmelo Anthony had turnovers and Spain battled back to within six points.The Spainards went to a “box and one” defense against Kevin Durant, who had 30 points early in the fourth quarter.James swooped in for on a dunk with 2:46 to play to put the U.S. back up 99-91, setting the stage for the climatic finish. Marc Gasol scored on the other end and James answered with a three-point jump shot with 1:59 to play to put Team USA in front, 102-93.That turned out to be enough to bring home the gold for a team that would not have been welcomed back to America had it not. read more

Parsons Green bombing accused wanted to be new David Attenborough

first_imgEmergency workers help people leave the London Underground train last SeptemberCredit:AP Court artist sketch of Ahmed Hassan during a previous hearingCredit:Elizabeth Cook /PA Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Ahmed Hassan He said: “I enjoyed being behind the camera rather than in front of the camera.”The court was shown a series of pictures taken by Hassan, some of deer in Richmond Park, West London.As a “secret” sideline, Hassan said he sold mobile phones online making £100 a week.He said: “I kept it secret because I was not allowed to make money.”Hassan, who was living with foster parents in Sunbury, Surrey, has denied attempted murder and using the chemical compound TATP to cause an explosion that was likely to endanger life. The teenager accused of the Parsons Green bombing has told jurors he lied to officials about being kidnapped by Islamic State because he wanted to study in Britain to become the new David Attenborough.Iraqi asylum seeker Ahmed Hassan arrived in October 2015 and went on to tell immigration officials he had been forced to train “to kill” by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), the court has heard.Then on September 15 last year, the 18-year-old media student planted 400g of homemade explosives and shrapnel on a District Line tube timed to go off when it reached the west London stop, the Old Bailey has heard.When he was picked up at the port of Dover the following morning he told police he had made the bomb, which only partially exploded on the packed rush hour service.Giving evidence in his defence, Hassan told jurors he was never taken prisoner by Isil. Tim Moloney QC, defending, asked: “Were you ever mistreated by Isis?” Hassan replied: “No. I have never had any contact with Daesh at all.”He told jurors he made up the story about being kidnapped by Isil to get leave to remain in Britain. Hassan told how he was born in Baghdad in Iraq. His mother died when he was young and his taxi driver father was killed in an explosion in 2006, he said.”So far as I’m aware I was told that he died in an explosion while he was working as a taxi driver.He used to go to work and come back evenings and then he did not come back.”It was very difficult. I did not understand what was going on. I was in a state of confusion because of fighting, because of bombing.”Hassan moved to northern Iraq with his uncle and older brother and from the age of 12 worked ferrying goods like vegetables across the border with Iran. The defendant said he decided to leave Iraq because he wanted “a better life”. Asked why, he said: “Because I came from a wealthy safe area in northern Iraq in Kurdistan and if I told the truth my only reason to leave the country was to further my studies… I felt I had to make up something strong.”In the jungle in Calais people used to talk about these things and make up stories. I never came across a refugee who said he would tell the truth when he arrived in the country.”I wanted to go to university and my ultimate goal was to become a wildlife photographer like David Attenborough.”center_img A forensic tent on the platform at Parsons Green stationCredit:Stefan Rousseau /PA A forensic tent on the platform at Parsons Green station Parsons Green Emergency workers help people to disembark a train near the Parsons Green Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He said: “I wanted studying, I wanted to learn English and there was so much pressure on me to keep on with my job.”He smuggled himself to Britain by train and on a lorry at the age of 16, he said.After he began a course at Brooklands College in Weybridge, Hassan would snap pencils in class when he felt “angry”. He spent three days in hospital because he “considered to commit suicide”, he said.But Hassan told jurors he enjoyed studying photography when he was at Brooklands College in Weybridge. Jurors were told the bucket containing the bomb was loaded with shrapnel designed to be propelled out during the explosionCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS /AFP/Gettylast_img read more

AMD Bulldozer CPU beats world record again achieving 8461GHz

first_imgOn August 31st AMD and a group of well-known overclockers including Brian McLachlan, Sami Makinen, Aaron Schradin, and Simon Solotko managed to set a new world record for CPU frequency using the unreleased and overclocked FX-8150 Bulldozer processor. Before that day, the record sat at 8.309GHz, but the Bulldozer combined with helium cooling (liquid nitrogen wasn’t good enough) reached a new high of 8.429GHz. But impressive as that frequency is, it has already been beat.So what has changed between the end of August and now? Well, the FX-8150 has been launched, and anyone can pick one up. One of those people is an overclocker from Taiwan going by the name of Andre Yang who has claimed to have pushed the chip to 8.461GHz (a whole 32.31MHz faster) with the CPU-Z output below as proof:Yang used an Asus Crosshair V Formula motherboard and ran the Bulldozer chip at a core voltage of 1.992V. The CPU-Z readout was submitted to the CPU-Z Validator and showed he was also running a Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 and 2GB RAM making this a pretty sweet system regardless of the record being achieved.With an independent overclocker beating what AMD could produce itself using special, not off-the-shelf cooling, we shouldn’t be surprised to see this record beaten a few more times. Will we see 9GHz surpassed? It depends on how good some of those Bulldozer chips are AMD is shipping out to retailers.I also believe the AMD record will continue to stand as I doubt Guinness was on hand to validate Yang’s new record. Hopefully AMD is tracking him down and making sure his new high frequency using their chip gets recorded officially.More at Xbit Labslast_img read more

Western Digital Thai factories starts producing hard drives again

first_imgThe price of a hard drive has skyrocketed over the past few weeks due to major flooding in Thailand effecting many of the hard drive manufacturing companies and their plants. Western Digital was especially hard hit with its two largest plants being taken offline and cutting production capacity by 60%. That’s a big hit considering the company produces 30% of the world’s hard drives.There is good news, however. Western Digital wasn’t expecting to restart production at the effected plants until later this month, but the clean-up operation has gone better than expected and production has already restarted, at least partially.Considering how bad the flooding got, it’s impressive how quickly operations have been brought back online. Western Digital’s plants were 6 feet deep in water on October 15, but pumping saw one of them cleared by November 15. Just two weeks later on November 30 production began again.Hard drive pricing is set to remain high for some time even with manufacturing underway once more. Western Digital doesn’t expect to be back up to near full capacity until at least March next year. Even so, 120 million hard drives will ship for the quarter ending in December, some 50 million below what was expected before the flooding occurred.If you are in need of a hard drive then hopefully you can wait out the high pricing. If not, then opting for a lower capacity drive or seeing if there’s any discounts in the run up to Christmas seems to be your best options for saving some money. Alternatively, it might even be the right time to buy that SSD you’ve been considering.More at Forbeslast_img read more

Poll Do you want to see a Presidential election this year

first_img Share15 Tweet Email1 Jun 27th 2018, 8:58 AM Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 8:58 AM Image: Sam Boal via Rollingnews I’m not sure (435) A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION is due to be held in October but if no candidates are put forward Michael D Higgins could go forward for a second term without an election.Higgins can nominate himself for re-election and has said he will make his intentions clear next month. Challengers need the backing of either 20 TDs or senators, or, alternatively, four councils to contest the race.In the latest development Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin confirmed yesterday that his party will not be fielding a candidate and threw his support behind Higgins.Independent senator Gerard Craughwell has said he’ll seek a nomination to force an election in order to ensure Higgins isn’t allowed a free run.We’re asking: Do you want to see a Presidential election this year? No interest/no opinion (804) 96 Comments YesNoI’m not sureNo interest/no opinionVote Poll Results: https://jrnl.ie/4094192 Yes (4151) No (7166) By Adam Daly Poll: Do you want to see a Presidential election this year? Michael D Higgins hasn’t clarified his intentions yet. 27,848 Views Image: Sam Boal via Rollingnews Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Claims of policy shift on FYROM

first_imgA claim by FYROM lobby group the Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee*(AMHRC), that the federal government has agreed to a “policy shift” in relation to the FYROM community, has been denounced as a publicity stunt by Australian Hellenic groups. The announcement, made at a press conference held by the AMHRC in Melbourne on Monday, presented extracts of recent correspondence between the organisation and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT), which said that a “Slav Macedonian’ Administrative Circular” (dating from 1994), describing the language spoken in the Former Yugolslavian Republic of Macedonia as ‘Slav Macedonian’ was “no longer operative.” The AMHRC also presented a letter received from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), which confirmed that DIAC “does not actively use the term ‘Slav Macedonian, and now only uses the term ‘Macedonian’. The press release distributed by AMHRC included a 12 month timeline detailing its efforts to seek “a formal withdrawal of the discriminatory and offensive “Slav Macedonian policy,” which included the AMHRC requesting government documents under the Freedom of Information Act and appeals to the Prime Minister’s Office. In a joint statement, the Australian Macedonian Advisory Council and the Pan-Macedonian Association (WA) said, “Commonwealth agencies like DFAT, the ABS, Centrelink have not used the term Slav Macedonian for 12 years. This appears little more than a desperate effort for publicity.” The Australian Hellenic Council (AHC) told Neos Kosmos that it repudiated the AMHRC’s claims of any recent policy change by the government but is concerned about what it describes as “open interference in domestic Australian policy” by foreign diplomats in Canberra. The AHC pointed to the involvement in October 2011 of the First Secretary of the Turkish Embassy in Canberra, Ms Sibel Muderisoglu in efforts by FYROM diplomats and diaspora organisations to lobby federal parliamentarians. ” The AHC respects the rights of all community groups in Australia to meet with our elected representatives. However, it is unacceptable for the representatives of foreign governments actively guide and participate in efforts to determine Australian domestic and foreign policy,”said AHC (NSW) Coordinator Mr George Vellis. The AHC spokesman added: “The Australian Hellenic community respects the right of all sections of Australian society to self-identification. This includes the right of Hellene or Greek Macedonians – those from the geographic region of Macedonia – to be identified distinctly from Slavomacedonians.” A spokesman for DFAT confirmed with Neos Kosmos that “the ‘Slav Macedonian Administrative Circular’ has not been operative in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for several years. As is standard practice for inoperative Administrative Circulars, the document was made non-current and archived on 28 October 2008.” The spokesman added that the Government was ” mindful of the sensitivity and the depth of feeling in the community regarding the issue of name, but there has been no change in policy.” “Australia’s use of the name “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” follows United Nations practice and is a temporary measure pending resolution of the issue between the governments of Skopje and Athens. “We continue to encourage the parties concerned to work constructively to resolve their differences and support the mediation process led by UN Special Negotiator, Matthew Nimetz.” *This is the formal name under which the above entity is registered in Australia. Neos Kosmos does not endorse the use of the term ‘Macedonian’. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Phénomènes lumineux étranges des scientifiques européens tentent de percer le mystère

first_imgPhénomènes lumineux étranges : des scientifiques européens tentent de percer le mystèreLe 29 novembre, le GEIPAN, un service du Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), a indiqué sur son site Internet qu’il allait participer cet hiver à une campagne d’études scientifiques high-tech pour tenter d’élucider le mystère d’étranges phénomènes lumineux, récurrents depuis au moins un siècle dans le ciel de Norvège.     Apparaissant brusquement pour disparaître au bout de quelques secondes ou quelques minutes, isolés ou en petit nombre, immobiles ou se déplaçant rapidement, de mystérieux  phénomènes lumineux d’une taille atteignant 10 mètres sont régulièrement observés, depuis des décennies, dans la vallée d’Hessdalen, à 300 kilomètres au nord d’Oslo, en Norvège. L’hypothèse de boules de plasma, générées par des conditions particulières du relief et favorisées par la présence de minerais sous-terrain, est envisagée, mais sans être pour l’instant étayée.À lire aussiUn astronaute a-t-il photographié un OVNI à proximité de l’ISS ? Le phénomène est étudié par l’Université d’Oslo, qui a installé des caméras sur le site, et par l’Institut de Radio-Astronomie de Bologne (Italie), qui y a implanté un radar. Durant l’hiver 2010-2011, ils seront rejoints par des scientifiques français mandatés par le groupe d’étude et d’information sur les phénomènes aérospatiaux non identifiés (GEIPAN).Rattaché à l’agence spatiale française (CNES), le GEIPAN a été sollicité par les chercheurs norvégiens pour ses compétences en matière de PAN (phénomènes aérospatiaux non identifiés) – autrefois appelés OVNI (objets volants non identifiés) – pour lesquels il collecte et analyse les témoignages depuis des années.Cinq objectifs pour cette mission : “Identifier de possibles perturbations du champ électromagnétique basse fréquence (inférieur à 40 Hz), (…) mesurer le spectre du champ électrique dans une bande de fréquences très large (1kHz à 5MHz), étudier le bruit sismique, enregistrer les traces radar (…), et filmer sur déclenchement automatique les phénomènes lumineux”. Le 4 décembre 2010 à 19:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Létonnant sens de lorientation des cuboméduses enfin élucidé

first_imgL’étonnant sens de l’orientation des cuboméduses enfin élucidéDes scientifiques suédois ont découvert que des méduses tropicales s’orientaient en cherchant des points de repère au-dessus de l’eau grâce à leurs multiples yeux. Bien que privées de cerveau, les cuboméduses savent très bien se servir de leurs organes, et surtout de leurs yeux. C’est ce que révèle l’étude de chercheurs de l’Université de Lund en Suède qui sont allés suivre ces invertébrés dans un marais tropical de Porto-Rico. En effet, les scientifiques savaient déjà que ces méduses connues sous le nom de Trypedalia cystophora, s’aidaient de leurs multiples yeux pour éviter les objets en nageant. Mais jusqu’ici, ils n’étaient pas parvenus à comprendre pourquoi certains de ces organes regardaient constamment vers le haut, et ce quelle que soit l’orientation de l’animal. Aujourd’hui, le mystère est élucidé.À lire aussiL’haemolacria, quand les yeux se mettent à pleurer du sangEn observant les méduses de plus près, Dan-Eric Nilsson et son équipe se sont aperçus qu’un lourd cristal de gypse était incrusté dans les structures entourant les yeux. Un élément qui inciterait les créatures à regarder vers le haut. Pour faire une telle découverte, les scientifiques ont placé les cuboméduses dans un aquarium clair et ouvert qu’ils ont plongé dans le marais, avant de suivre les animaux à l’aide d’une caméra. Lorsque l’aquarium était placé à quelques mètres de la surface, les méduses heurtaient à plusieurs reprises les parois les plus proches des arbres visibles à travers l’eau. Au contraire, lorsque l’aquarium était plongé à 12 mètres de profondeur et que les arbres ne pouvaient plus être vus, les créatures se sont mises à nager dans toutes les directions. Ainsi, les biologistes ont expliqué que ces végétaux servaient en fait de points de repère aux cuboméduses.Une vision “orientée””C’est la première fois que l’on démontre que des signaux terrestres sont utilisés pour la navigation des méduses ou d’autres invertébrés”, a déclaré Dan-Eric Nilsson, cité par le New Scientist. Une découverte que semble confirmer le fait que les proies de ces créatures vivent essentiellement dans les eaux peu profondes et donc à proximité de la surface. Par ailleurs, les biologistes sont parvenus à modeler grâce à des photos, les images captées par les yeux des méduses et ont alors attesté que celles-ci étaient capables de détecter les arbres à travers l’eau dans une limite de 8 mètres de distance. Selon Edward Buskey de l’Université du Texas à Austin, la découverte de cette capacité visuelle avancée chez un animal doté d’un système nerveux primitif peut en étonner plus d’un. Mais, il semblerait que l’on sous-estime bien trop souvent les système sensoriels des organismes simples, a confié le scientifique marin.Le 29 avril 2011 à 20:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Immobile is worried about goal drought

first_imgThe Italian striker missed two opportunities to score in the match against Portugal; he hasn’t scored for the Azzurri in eight gamesLazio and Italy national team forward Ciro Immobile is getting worried about his lack of scoring.The striker has not been able to score a goal for the Azzurri in eight consecutive matches.“It was a good team performance and the lack of goals is starting to weigh on me, but I am trying to look forward,” he told Sky Sports Italia as quoted by Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We have to take the criticism along with the praise. The team is playing good football and to be honest I was more worried when we struggled to create chances. If we keep going like this, next time will be better.”“The last few games have been played at a high quality and the scoring opportunities are being created, it’s now an issue of converting them into goals,” he added.“I know what I can do, I prove it with Lazio and I have to prove it with Italy too. I am fired up, next time will be better.”“The team is there, the performances are strong, we now need the results and to fine-tune some of these elements,” he concluded.last_img read more

35 injured on fifth day of RMG workers unrest

first_imgA Bangladeshi garment worker shouts slogans as they block a road during a demonstration to demand higher wages, in Dhaka on 9 January 2019. AFP File PhotoAt least 35 people were injured in sporadic clashes between striking readymade garment workers and police in different areas of Savar, Gazipur and the capital on Thursday, reports UNB.The workers started staging demonstrations for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday in Ashulia of Savar, Bhogra Bypass and Mogorkhal areas in Gazipur and Mirpur of Dhaka demanding cancellation of the ‘discriminatory’ wage board announced by the government for them.In Savar, at least 30 garment workers were injured in a clash with police in Jamgarah area of Ashulia in the morning.Witnesses said workers from different garment factories took to the streets in the morning in Jamgarah Choytala and have been staging demonstrations since then.When police tried to disperse them, the workers threw brickbats at them. A chase and counter-chase took place between the workers and police, leaving 30 people injured.In this file photo taken on 8 January 2019 a man throws a stone towards police during clashes as Bangladeshi striking garments workers march in the streets to demand wage hikes in Dhaka. AFP File PhotoBesides, a tense situation was prevailing in the area following the incident. A number of RMG factories were declared laid off for Thursday to fend off troubles.BGB teams were seen patrolling in the area to prevent any untoward incident.In Gazipur, hundreds of workers of different garment factories started demonstrating in the morning.At one stage, the workers tried to block Dhaka Bypass road, but police dispersed them by charging baton.A chase and counter-chase took place among them, leaving at least five people injured.Meanwhile, the authorities of at least 30 garment factories have kept their production suspended since Wednesday following the unrest.In Dhaka, the workers of several garment factories started staging demonstrations at Mirpur-10 intersection, Shewrapara, Kazipara and Agargaon areas after putting barricades on the busiest Rokeya Sarani road halting traffic.last_img read more